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Home Improvement Financing- Many Options, Even If You’re Underwater

Perhaps a little more technical than the others, our blog about home financing tries to parse out the vast array of financing services in Minnesota. This blog is an excellent resource and full of link to prominent organizations like the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) and the Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE).

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Knock, Knock! How to Navigate Through Storm Damage Contractors

Storms often come at the worst times and the more destructive the storm, the more frustrating and overwhelming it can be. This post is about what to do in cases of storm damage such as how to avoid storm chases that are looking to make a huge profit, how to navigate issues of contractors and insurance, and the questions you should think about after a destructive storm. We even include a discussion on window issues and replacement, as they can be things most likely damaged in a hail storm or powerful winds.

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Window Replacement Part 3: Marvin, Andersen, Pella

This is a three-part series of blogs on various aspects of window replacement.  Because windows can be a complicated thing, yet we all need them and want the best windows we can, we thought it was important to thoroughly go over the emissions standards (Part 1), materials used (Part 2), and manufacturers we trust (Part 3).  Part 1 is important to read as it reminds us all of the importance of good windows – they do not just open and shut, but instead help control home’s temperature and feeling.  Part 2 is about materials: windows and frames can be made with a lot of different materials, so it could be difficult to figure out which one you want and how it can fit into your price range.  We try to help you decide as you research.  As far as manufacturers (Part 3), we discuss Marvin, Pella, Weather Shield, and Andersen’s approaches to window production and their quality control.

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Window Replacement Part 1: The Dog and Pony Show Comes to Your House

Time for window shopping?  Get ready for the product that was absolutely made for the kitchen table sales pitch.  Windows are a salesperson’s dream, chock full of parts and pieces that can be handed to the homeowner, moving sashes to display operation, and a light kit to show the effectiveness of the new glass, featuring a heat lamp powerful enough to singe your corneas!

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